Toronto has its fair share of stellar chefs that are increasingly of celebrity status, and now they can add one more to the list.
Jamie Oliver announced on Wednesday that he'll be opening a restaurant in Toronto with The King Street Food Company, which owns top-rated spots Buca, Bar Buca and Jacobs & Co Steakhouse.
This will be Oliver's first North American restaurant, and the intention is to follow up with many more.
As the British chef wrote on a newly formed Facebook page:
Oliver is known for his emphasis on healthy eating and food education, which he spread though his "Jamie's Food Revolution" TV series. Though his background is entirely British, he's become known for his Italian food, making this pairing with some of Toronto's best Italian restaurants make complete sense.
The restaurant is scheduled to open in spring 2015 at Yorkdale, a shopping mall in the city's north end that's not necessarily known for its fine dining options, but has been moving towards an increasingly upscale offering.
According to a press release, the restaurant will "feature pasta and pizza made fresh daily on-site, an antipasti station with cured meats and an open kitchen, bringing the Italian family-style of dining to life."
Oliver has previously partnered with Canadian grocery store Sobey's on a line of products called Jamie Oliver Discovers Canada, which included burgers, condiments, and even desserts.
There are currently 44 Jamie's Italian restaurants around the world, primarily in the U.K., but also with locations in Dubai, Singapore, Sweden and Turkey, among others.
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